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Sam Bickersteth

Sam led CDKN, a global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries from 2011-17. He established CDKN as a leading global, multi-donor funded programme supporting developing country decision-makers. Through over 200 technical assistance, research and knowledge management projects in 70 countries CDKN has provided assistance on climate policies, planning and finance, climate related disasters and international negotiations.

Sam is an agricultural economist with a background in food security, natural resources and climate change, having previously worked for DFID and Oxfam. From 2006 to 2010 he was head of programme policy at Oxfam and previously held leadership positions in DFID including as Head of DFID Bolivia. Sam has lived in Africa, South Asia and Latin America in his roles as researcher, policy adviser and programme manager. He was a Director in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University and adviser to the London School of Economics/Leeds University Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). He now leads Opportunity International.



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FEATURE: A great IPCC report, another week of talking about climate change, but where’s the policy cohesion?

Sam Bickersteth of CDKN reports from this month's Chatham House climate change conference, which tackled the tough implications of the IPCC's Special Report on 1.5°C of global warming. [more]…

OPINION: Implementing the NDCs - early progress towards transformational change

Recent global talks aimed at limiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the atmosphere show promise - but what else are countries doing to limit greenhouse gas emissions? Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, takes stock of developing countries' progress on their national climate plans, the 'Nationally Determined Contributions'. [more]…

OPINION: Fiscal policies support climate compatible development

Fiscal policies play an important role in guiding investment decisions towards low emission and climate resilient options, report Sam Bickersteth and Ari Huhtala from the Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference. [more]…

NEWS: Climate change will worsen global poverty without concerted action to cut global emissions - IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a crystal clear assessment of how human activity is affecting the climate and what we can do about it. CDKN provides a response. [more]…

OPINION: Finance for local level adaptation

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, spoke at the opening plenary of the eighth Community-Based Adaptation conference (CBA8) in Kathmandu, Nepal on 27 April. Here are his opening remarks. [more]…

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OPINION: Let's respond to the IPCC’s latest report with inspired action

Sam Bickersteth and Mairi Dupar of CDKN respond to the IPCC’s Working Group II report on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. [more]…

OPINION: Why do low emissions development strategies matter?

Sam Bickersteth shares his remarks from the opening of Peru’s second national climate change conference, Interclima. [more]…

FEATURE: Measuring green growth comes a step closer

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN’s Chief Executive, and Yolanda Kakabadse, CDKN’s Global and Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Advisor, and a member of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform’s (GGKP) Advisory Board, attended the GGKP’s 2nd annual conference in Paris earlier this month. Carolyn Fry interviewed them about the meeting’s outcomes and how the concept of green growth is being brought to fruition [more]…

FEATURE: How to catalyse a race to the top

How can champions across government and industry support a ‘race to the top’ in climate-friendly investments? Sam Bickersteth and Mairi Dupar of CDKN report from the Chatham House Climate Conference 2012. [more]…

OPINION: Thoughts from the new CEO

In a piece from our 'Thoughts from the CEO' series, new CDKN CEO Sam Bickersteth gives us an assessment of the CoP process, and what we can expect from CDKN in the year ahead. [more]…

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